Read 1 Corinthians 12
Focus on verse 14
Imagine a flower garden in which every flower is an identical white carnation, or a zoo in which every cage contains exactly one red panda that looks exactly like the one in the last cage. Or what if we lived in a world where every person looks and acts exactly the same? That would not only be boring, it would be seriously creepy.
In today’s chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul describes how the different gifts that members of the church possess are essential for the church to function as the body of Christ.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. (v. 14)
He goes on to describe how a human body could not function if each part of the body did not fulfill the role that it was created for. Imagine a body that had only ears because no part wanted be anything else? Our bodies work best when every different part does exactly what it is designed to do. All it takes is for one part to stop working and we find ourself in a world of hurts.
The church is not different. When all the members work together doing what God designed them to do – the church will grow in a healthy fashion. All it takes is for one member to malfunction and the whole church soon begins to feel it.
Every member is equally important to the overall health of the body. This is why Paul also reminds us not to elevate the importance of some members over others. While my spleen may not seem as important as my nose because it is unseen, if my spleen decides that it no longer wants to do its job because no one is paying it any attention, I will very shortly find myself in a hospital.
A healthy body values all its members precisely because they are all different and all contribute to the overall health and well-being of the body. There are no unimportant parts. There are however, many different parts.